Website / GoAnimate

The Lil Peepz seem to be missing something...

"I'm going to describe this website and list tropes relating to it and its videos here while no one is looking. Hahahahahaha." (points ahead)

GoAnimate (formerly styled as Go!Animate) is a website that allows people to make their own animated videos, using a Flash Animation app. It has been used even by some noted Animation personalities such as Paul Dini, who used it to produce his web series Super Rica and Rashy. Signing up is free for 14 days, though you must upgrade to a paid account if you want to have access to their full resources. You must be at least 13 years old to join.

There are two ways to make the videos. One is the "Quick Video Maker" which offers several ready-made "animated shorts" (some of which are based on licensed properties) with the settings and actions already selected, and a small cast of characters to choose from (different for each); all you have to do is write the dialogue.

There's also the "Full Featured Video Maker" that allows you to start from scratch and select almost everything by yourself- settings, actions, sounds, FX, etc. (though again, you have a limited cast to use.)

You can also make more characters and post your videos on YouTube, but that requires a paid account. Note that the any videos you publish will have a watermark indicating they were made by GoAnimate (though you can pay to have it removed.)

GoAnimate also has a forum with an active creative community that gives advice and offers examples and contests. However, you must have a paid account to use it.

GoAnimate would just be another video-making website if it wasn't for the series of videos that sent the website and video maker into infamy: The "X Gets Grounded" videos. Primarily made by young kids, the grounded videos detail the misadventures of various kids as they cause or get themselves into trouble in all manner of ways, followed by them getting busted and grounded (grounded grounded grounded grounded grounded grounded grounded) by their parents for absurdly long lengths of time. These videos are especially known for the trouble-making kids usually being characters from TV shows aimed at young kids, such as Caillou and Dora the Explorer.

In late 2014, the site switched to a pay-only site for professionals and businesses.

In early 2015, the GoPlus account type was phased out, turning GoAnimate into a business-only website. Later that year, the company announced that the company would move to HTML 5 in January 2016 and remove any video-making feature not centered on business. Nobody knows the exact reason the non-business features were removed, though it can be assumed that Alvin Hung found out about the grounded videos and was disgusted that the site was being misused to make videos about child abuse.

You can find it here.

Tropes found on GoAnimate:

  • Abusive Parents: Seen in spades.
  • Adults Are Useless: In some Grounded videos, many of the adults seem to be (sometimes willfully) blind to what the kids (usually the troublesome "baby show" ones) want or need. (At least until they start acting out.) In this video, for example, Caillou wants a Yo Gabba Gabba band-aid, but his mother scoffs at the idea of him having something with a baby-show character on it, despite the fact that Caillou is four-years-old and it would be normal for him to want a Nick Jr. related band-aid.
  • Age Lift: Maybe? Many of the videos make it heavily ambiguous as to if Caillou or Dora are still kids and gone to high school or if they're grown up and the animators are just lazy to change designs.
  • Angrish: Characters will often yell out "OH OH OH OH OH OH OH OH!" or "G R R R R R R R R R R!" when they're mad.
  • Animesque: The Chibi Peepz, Chibi Ninjas, Ninja Anime, and anime themes are all anime style. Lil Peepz also features animesque hairstyles and Cartoon Classics has a few anime expressions like sweat drops and anger veins.
  • Arson, Murder, and Lifesaving: Caillou in Caillou Misbehaves at Amy's Baking Company and...
  • Artistic License Biology: This video where Caillou fakes getting sick by showing his mother that his temperature is 103 degrees after holding it in hot water. Later, Mom takes his temperature again and discovers Caillou's actual temperature is...70 degrees. That's actually a dangerously low temperature for anyone's body to be at, and yet Caillou is perfectly healthy.
  • Attack Of The Fifty-Foot Tantrum Thrower: Many videos have kids growing to an enormous height and going on a rampage through town or in a building when they can't get their way.
  • Author Avatar: Some users insert themselves into their videos as GoAnimate characters, either as a Creator Cameo, the person being wronged/injured in a "Grounded" video, or sometimes even as the person getting grounded.
  • Baleful Polymorph: Sometimes the grounded kids will be turned into infants as punishment, though sometimes the reason they get grounded in the first place was because they inflicted this trope on someone else!
  • Bitch in Sheep's Clothing: Oftentimes, the kids act completely civil and nice until they are wronged or don't get their way, after which, the gloves come off. This is more evident in the "(Character) Misbehaves at (Place)" videos.
  • Black And Black Morality: Oh sure, many of the grounding victims tend to have it coming, but the fact that in some of the more sadistic videos, their parents may go to some rather extreme measures in punishing them (sometimes they'll even kill the troublemaker) and, in some cases, even enjoy punishing the kids or celebrate their groundings, can make it difficult to take sides with anyone.
  • Black Comedy: Both from the groundings and the things cause the groundings at times. For instance, we have the time Caillou and Dora the Explorer grilled Rosie for supper.
    • The user Isaac Anderson is one of the most notable producers of videos containing examples of this. Exhibit A.
  • Born Unlucky: A troublemaker in the grounded series can be this. Sometimes the grounded series will start with them being grounded for nothing or something that wasn't even their fault.
  • Bowdlerise: There's a version of the GoAnimate video maker that's meant for schools and has weapons, alcohol, and tobacco props removed.
    • Users themselves tend to do this to the material they're parodying. Cartman's infamous "fuck me" rant that's become the basis of the "(Name) Misbehaves at (Place)" fad, for instance, becomes "engage me" or "*EEEENK* me.*"
  • California Doubling: Grocery stores double as other stores such as Wal-Mart, Gamestop and Best Buy, hamburger-type fast food restaurants double as all types of fast food restaurants and the fancy restaurant doubles as all other types of them (such as Olive Garden)
  • Canon Foreigner: In some videos, Caillou has an identical twin named "Daillou". Although he's obviously never appeared in the original cartoon, many users have created videos about Daillou's adventures... which usually involve getting grounded (grounded grounded).
  • Can't Get Away with Nuthin' : The "Grounded" videos that involve Dora tend to reach absurd levels as no matter how impossible it is for them to know, Dora will always be ratted on by students, police, video cameras and even fired teachers. This often applies to just about anyone else who decides to be a troublemaker, as well.
  • Cool and Unusual Punishment: A lot of "Grounded" videos feature the parents giving all sorts of unusual punishment to the kids. They make their kids watch shows for little kids, eat weird things, and maybe even put a diaper on them or turn them into babies.
    • In some videos, characters will be punished by being forced to watch random TV shows, including completely innocuous sitcoms like Seinfeld or Friends. This is treated as some kind of horrible punishment by the people getting grounded.
  • Crossdressing Voices: Whenever you see Dora used, the model is clearly male, but the voice is always female.
  • Deadly Euphemism: Asking someone to "engage" you is treated as this in-universe.note  Some videos even add a crowd gasping sound-effect when someone asks another person to "engage" them.
  • Deconstruction:
  • Depending On The User: Everyone has their own ways of interpreting the characters they use in their videos:
    • While a number of users use the "Ivy" voice setting for Caillou, many others use the "David" voice setting instead. Caillou can also be anywhere from just his canonical Bratty Half-Pint self taken Up to Eleven to a dangerous sociopath with a Hair-Trigger Temper depending on the user.
    • Dora's appearance in the videos frequently changes depending on the user as well. Rosie and Boris also frequently vary in appearance among users.
    • The parent characters can be anything from just overly stern to somewhat abusive to every bit as sociopathic as their troublemaking kids depending on the user.
  • Deranged Animation: Very common in the satirical videos by users such as NotSmirks, Warrun Cookie, and NotZick Zick, though it's not unheard of this to happen in the non-satirical grounded videos as well.
  • Disproportionate Restitution: A lot of times the naughty kid will begin apologizing to people or their families for what they did wrong once they get caught. The apologies really don't hold much water if the bad thing they did resulted in mass mayhem and panic, massive property damage, or people getting hurt or killed. This can also be reversed when all the naughty kid did was, say, steal someone's cookies, and their parents still refuse their (more reasonable) apology.
  • Disproportionate Retribution: This is literally the only form of retribution in the infamous "Gets Grounded" videos. Make one small slip-up and you'll find yourself grounded for an impossibly long time. Sometimes your parents will violently attack you. And you can even get grounded for no reason at all.
    • Worse, there have been videos made of users the uploader doesn't like being executed and their deaths being celebrated. All this over petty things like, as noted below, making fake VHS openings!
    • Not to mention that you can get expelled from school just for getting a mathematical problem wrong. (granted, most of the time the grounding victims come up with answers not even remotely close to the actual one, but still)
    • In many "(character) Misbehaves At (restaurant)" videos, the troublemaker flips out and trashes the restaurant because the restaurant was out of one of the things they ordered. In other videos they freak out over the restaurant being closed.
    • There are videos where one character will litter on the ground, only for another to walk up to it and instantly get arrested and sent to jail.
    • It's occasionally inverted; characters will sometimes do terrible things like killing people, causing natural disasters, etc. All that happens to them is that they get grounded by their parents.
  • Did Not Think This Through: This video shows one good example of this: Caillou sells the house in an attempt to escape being grounded. They still ground him.
  • The Dog Bites Back: Zig-zagged - many videos have the punished parties get fed up with the groundings and enact some sort of revenge scheme to get them in trouble. However, a very rare few allow them to get away with their revenge.
  • Dream Sequence: "(Character) has nightmares/bad dreams" videos primarily take place in a dream being had by the Character/Troublemaker Of The Day. Oddly, many of these videos often involve scary logos for some reason. And just to add insult to injury, a number of these videos end with the character's parents coming in to ground them, just because they can. Dreams involving nightmares are the most prevalent of these types of videos, but Grounded videos involving good (or just plumb weird) dreams are out there.
  • Dull Surprise: Makes it surprisingly funny.
  • Earn Your Happy Ending: The "[Character] Gets Sent Away" videos sometimes act as series finales for various 'grounding series'. The character gets, well, sent away to an unpleasant place for acting out, but rather than go through with their punishment they start a new life somewhere else with their friends.
  • Evil Laugh: Even if the target character is doing something nice, they'll always do a laugh.
  • Exactly What It Says on the Tin: Almost every grounded video is titled in this format: "X Does Y (And Gets Grounded)."
  • Failure Is the Only Option: Outside of the rare occasion where they get thrown a bone for it, Caillou, Dora, or others of their ilk will always be grounded for some contrived reason no matter how good they are.
  • Fake Interactivity: This video.
  • Fantastic Racism: Some of the more sadistic videos have folks considered to be "baby show" characters be hated by their peers so much it could almost be called this.
  • Felony Misdemeanor: The GoAnimate community wants to kill a troll called Warren Cook for making fake VHS openings!
    • Not only that, but in a lot of the videos where someone gets arrested, they get sent to jail (often for long periods of time and without a fair trial) over crimes like littering a single hamburger (or even walking up to a littered hamburger).
    • And of course, no matter how minor the mistake or trouble a person causes, they will always be grounded for a ludicrously long time, even if someone just accidentally pushed someone else over or broke something.
    • Parodied in this video by NotSmirks where Warren Cook's dad calls the police to arrest Warren when he finds out Warren made fanfiction out of himself and "babby".
      "911? Me son made porno out of me! Am crying right now!"
    • Founder Alvin Hung has gotten death threats from the site's users after GoPlus and many of the site's most popular themes were removed. Woe betide them once the website moves to HTML 5 in January 2016 and effectively does away any video-making features not centered on business.
  • Flanderization: The most common interpretation of Caillou in these videos has his bratty habits (something that usually only showed up from time to time in his actual TV show) cranked up to absurd Hair-Trigger Temper heights.
  • "Freaky Friday" Flip: Evidently, body swapping in the GoAnimate universe is not allowed, as this video and its various offshoots will tell you.
  • Gainax Ending:
  • Genre Deconstruction: Videos such as this serve as a deconstruction of the entire "Grounded" aspect. They tend to focus on Caillou's dad's Only Sane Man and Disproportionate Retribution attitudes, essentially calling him out on his random punishments and reasonings as to why he does so.
  • Genre Savvy:
  • GIS Syndrome: It's not uncommon for users to insert familiar characters into the GoAnimate setting via stock images of them from off the internet. Here's one such example of this.
  • Giving Someone the Pointer Finger: Thanks to there not being animations for the characters to punch, throw things, or whatnot, the characters' animation for pointing ahead is often used in place of those and many other actions (and often adds to the hilarity as a result). Parodied in this video where Caillou tries to break a grill by doing this to it, only for nothing to happen. Caillou comments that simply touching something won't do anything to it.
  • Good Is Not Nice: Anyone who isn't the person currently getting in trouble and grounded, basically. This is more evident in the more sadistic grounding videos where the troublesome character is beaten up or murdered by their family and friends for their actions, or "Punishment Day" sequences with more severe (and less humorous) punishments.
  • Grounded Forever: Parents in Grounded videos will often ground the child for a very long amount of time (ex: 112233445566778899 years) or forever.
  • Gross-Out Show: Seeing as how many of the users on the site are/were little kids, and there's an effect that makes people vomit, you can expect a lot of GoAnimate videos to be this.
  • Hair-Trigger Temper:
    • Parent characters absolutely explode with volcanic rage when they find out their children have misbehaved, often with a demonic, deepened voice. The screen sometimes shakes and/or turns red during their outbursts.
    • Not that their kids are any better. Many videos have kids either talking in the "Kidaroo" voice, the screen turning red, inexplicably growing enormous, or going going on a rampage (though usually all four at once) when they don't get their way. This is especially common in "(Character) Misbehaves at (Restaurant/Store)" videos when the kids flip out when their order can't be filled exactly how they want it or their parents say no to what they want.
  • Held Back In School: This trope is the main plot of a category of GoAnimate "Grounded" videos, wherein some students (usually two) start out in the 12th grade and proceed to knock themselves down all the way back to preschool by getting themselves in trouble via injuring a classmate or teacher, being disruptive, making messes, merely making someone mad, etc. before being expelled and sent home (with predictable results). Here's one example.
  • High-Pressure Blood/Overdrawn at the Blood Bank: Some videos have blood go flying everywhere when characters even get slightly injured. This video is one particularly ludicrous example of this, as Caillou jumps out of a window and lands on Rosie, resulting in a huge blood-splosion.
  • Hilariously Abusive Childhood
  • Humiliation Conga: Some "Grounded" videos go beyond just the trouble-making kids/teens getting grounded and have all manner of punishments given to them. Sequences (or even entire videos) centered around these are usually referred to as "Punishment Days" by the users. This video is one particularly over-the-top example of this, where two girls kill their teacher and are punished with grounding, jailtime, Latios Luster Purging them in the face, getting their stomachs exploded, and plastic surgery before being eaten by their parents and principal.
  • I'm Your Biggest Fan:
    • This is one of the reasons why a character will get punished — they'll be badmouthing or attacking something or someone when the grounder arrives and is angry because they're either a fan of their work or they're their best friend.
    • This can also be inverted in some videos, wherein characters get grounded for hanging out with a character/celebrity the grounder hates, or also for watching a TV show/movie or playing a video game the grounder hates.
  • I Have No Son: Many Caillou videos tend to have his parents favor Rosie heavily, to the point where their dad will be distraught over the idea of Rosie turning against him.
  • I'm a Humanitarian: There's a series of "Grounded" videos involving the troublemaker of the day standing out on the street and "eating" people who walk up to them. (Here's one such example featuring Arthur.) Likewise, naughty folks may be eaten by another person (usually their parents) as punishment. And sometimes this trope is just there for vore fetish reasons.
  • It Is Pronounced Tro PAY: Due to the limitations of the text-to-speech software, Caillou frequently ends up being rendered as either "Kaylew," "Kaylow," or "K-I-U".
  • Jerkass: Nearly if not everyone in the Grounded videos is this is some way, some moreso than others. This includes the good guys in the videos (who go to absurd lengths to teach troublemakers a lesson, to the point that they can become Designated Heroes), and sometimes the users themselves if one of their Fandom Berserk Buttons is hit.
  • Karma Houdini: Non-troublemaking characters seem to get a free pass on tormenting the troublemakers or using any means necessary to bust them. Especially in the case of Caillou's Dad/Boris who is often portrayed as an Ax-Crazy sociopath but never gets in trouble, even when he clearly deserves to be grounded more than Caillou does.
  • Kick the Dog: As if the execution videos weren't cruel enough already, most of the time the condemned's parents will visit them just to insult them, ground them, and tell them that they hope they suffer when they die, then celebrate at their funeral.
  • Kids Are Cruel: Certainly an aspect of many of the Grounded videos as the kid-types will pull dangerous or even deadly pranks (or sometimes, not even needing to be pranks and just be malicious) For the Evulz.
  • Leaning on the Fourth Wall: Someone may mention their voice changing to something when they're sick, or have their voice changed as a punishment.
  • Life Embellished: Super Rica and Rashy was based on Dini himself (and his wife, Stage Magician Misty Lee.) And their sock monkeys.
  • Made of Iron: Many times characters will survive injuries that by all means should have crippled them or even killed them, such as being knocked off a very tall building or, for a specific case, this character who apparently gets his head knocked off by a flying school desk and survives with only his vocal cords not working right.
  • Made of Plasticine: On the other hand, sometimes characters will wind up severely injured, crippled, or killed from normally non-life/health-threatening injuries, such as here where a character gets an open fracture on their face, leaves behind a huge pool of blood, and needs to be taken to the ICU for a ten-hour long surgery just from being punched in the face by four-year-old Dora.
  • Major Injury Underreaction: Characters may often be injured severely and then speak in a completely deadpan voice.
  • Malaproper: Quite often. Probably the most famous example is "getting in dead meat", which doesn't make any grammatical sense, although other examples such as "grounded for bigger time" crop up with alarming frequency in many videos. Many of the Dora "Grounded" videos seem to have the parents claiming she is grounded for "tranquility"
  • Mood Dissonance: Many of the Grounded videos tend to end with "Pomp and Circumstance" playing in the background as the character gets grounded.
  • Moral Dissonance: Characters can do whatever the heck they want regardless if it's unlawful or has gotten someone grounded/arrested in the past as long as they are using it against the troublemaker. Here's an example here, wherein Caillou runs up to kill his teacher with a light saber, but is stopped when one of the other students pulls out a gun on him.
  • The Movie: GoAnimate: The Movie, created by Cayby J. Although it's an almost shot for shot ripoff of Greeny Phatom: The Movie, it has gained a slightly better reception than that film (though still mostly negative) due to actually being animated and because the art style of GoAnimate is easier to look at than that of Greeny Phatom.
    • Along with that one, many users have made numerous extended movies. Many of them are centered around, yep, you guessed it, grounding. Here's one example.
    • Not to be outdone, there's also full-length adventures (that also involve grounding!) Like this one!
  • Ms. Fanservice: Pamela and Kate in Cartoon Classics theme.
  • Negative Continuity: Unless you're willing to believe characters can survive the abnormally long grounding periods, characters will usually not be grounded next video.
  • No Celebrities Were Harmed: some of the characters offered look... familiar.
  • No Good Deed Goes Unpunished: Don't be surprised if a character is grounded, jailed or worse because they fessed up or they stopped something or performed some sort of kind action - they're still "baby show" characters and deserving of punishments.
  • No Sympathy: Sometimes the parent characters will act incredibly callous toward their kids even when they are scared ("Kay-lew, stop crying like a baby.") or if the trouble the kid(s) caused resulted in them getting severely injured or left them in a What Have I Done state.
  • Not So Above It All: The punishment-happy parents are far from immune to getting themselves in trouble and grounded.
  • Obligatory Swearing: Considering that the fanbase is mostly made up of kids who love adult cartoons, it really goes without saying. Take this movie, for example.
    Caillou's Mom: You are grounded for [extremely long number] f***ing years!
    Caillou's Dad: Go to your f***ing room now, you f***ing sh*t!
  • Overly Long Gag: "You are grounded grounded grounded grounded grounded for [ridiculously large number] years". Sometimes characters can spend up to over a minute just saying numbers. Sometimes the character will follow that with a ridiculously long list of oddly specific things the grounded character is not allowed to do. In other videos, the character will rattle off a massive list of television shows that the grounded character will be forced to watch.
    • The average "behaviour card day" video will involve dozens of characters receiving behaviour cards, and then telling the teacher one by one what colour card they got and receiving their corresponding punishment/reward. These videos can sometimes stretch into the hours.
  • Parental Favoritism: It's not uncommon for the troublesome kid's siblings to be favored over them by their parents, whether for being more well-behaved or just because. It's especially noticeable in the Caillou videos, where Rosie is often treated like a queen by Boris and Doris, while they only acknowledge Caillou's existence when he gets in trouble, (if they don't just outright hate him for existing).
  • Random Events Plot: Several longer videos don't make much sense, and are mostly just montages of characters repeatedly getting grounded. Special mention goes to GoAnimate: The Movie, which has a completely incomprehensible plot (though this is because it's a ripoff of Greeny Phatom: The Movie, and that series is know for being FILLED with these).
  • Rapid-Fire "No!": Most frequently yelled by someone right before a trouble-maker does something terrible to them. It's also been known to be yelled by a grounded character as they run to their room.
  • Read the Fine Print: in the joining conditions if you are going to use the site to make your own projects.
  • Floating Limbs: The site's mascots, the "Lil' Peepz" seem to have these.
  • Rouge Angles of Satin: Again, many of the users are little kids, so grammatical errors can be expected.
  • Rule of Three: It's common for parents to say to their children that not only are they grounded, they are grounded, grounded, grounded.
  • Sadist Show: The grounded videos. They apparently take place in a Crapsack World where one little slip will get you grounded, arrested, or even murdered whether you deserve it or not. It doesn't help that in some videos, people seem to take glee in dishing out the punishments on the grounding victims, and will even celebrate their getting grounded/arrested/killed. Woe betide you if you're a "baby show" character, too, as literally everyone in the world (including your own family) will hate your guts and will gladly inform you of this fact, show No Sympathy when you get yourself in trouble (even if you just badly injured yourself), and will gladly punish you in severe ways if you even just step slightly out of line. The level of sadistic-ness in the videos tend to fluctuate, with some users' grounded videos being more silly than cruel, while some other users' videos have characters (especially "baby show" characters) getting grounded or arrested for simply existing.
  • Sadist Teacher:
    • Many of the teachers come off as this seeing as how they fly off the handle and suspend/expel students or send them to the principal over the slightest offenses. And even then, they sometimes come off as sadistic or unfair even before someone misbehaves: What sane teacher would make it so that coming in last place in a swimming race would get you suspended?
    • Some of the teachers in the "Gets Held Back" videos come off as this, particularly the ones that get mad and demote the misbehaving student over petty, illogical, or unfair reasons such as crying or not having homework, which they don't have, thanks to them just entering the class right then.
      • Even worse, there are instances in some "Gets Held Back" videos where the troublemaker gets held back because they brought in their homework when the class was going on a field trip.
  • Send in the Clones: There have been a few movies where Caillou either creates or meets more duplicates of himself.
  • Sensory Abuse:
    • Grounded videos often feature enraged authority figures speaking in voices that lean towards this. NotSmirks' videos parody this by cranking it Up to Eleven (ala YouTube Poop).
    • Said videos also tend to have the background music turned up louder than can be necessary, as well. (such as during the news segment in this video). This is also often a subject of parody in NotSmirks' videos.
    • One possible punishment troublemakers often receive in "Punishment Day" videos include loud music (which is oftentimes just as loud to the viewers). The authority figure usually tells the viewers to turn down their volume beforehand.
  • Serious Business:
    • Make fake VHS openings? Then don't be surprised when the GoAnimate community wants your head on a silver platter.
    • Likewise, the community will promptly turn their backs on you (and possibly make you the subject of a Grounded video) if you say anything nice about any "baby show". (Even if you just say you liked said "baby show" when you were little.)
    • And if you like site founder Alvin Hung, they'll want you burned alive.
    • Many of the users tend to be strongly opinionated, and one or more people disagreeing with them (often referred to in-fandom as "disrespecting one's opinion") can lead to them pulling videos from their accounts or even Rage Quitting video-making altogether.
    • In-Universe: Chuck E. Cheese's is treated as such, especially to Caillou. Getting exactly what you want at a restaurant or store is this as well. "Engaging" people or going on a rampage is apparently the way to go if you can't get a Oreo McFlurry with your Happy Meal.
  • Shout-Out: It is unclear whether it was intentional, but one of the stock characters in the Anime theme looks exactly like Touma Kamijou.
  • Stock Phrases: A whole host of them. It's easy to spot a standard "Grounded" video in them.
  • Strictly Formula: Amongst many authors.
  • Suck E. Cheese's: "ATTENTION KIDS; CHUCK E CHEESE WILL BECOME DEADL E CHEESE AT 9 PM. AND ALL EXITS HAVE BEEN SEALED TO MAKE SURE YOU WON'T GET OUT. EVER."
  • Synthetic Voice Actor: text to speech voice actors.
  • Take That: When the character who gets grounded/arrested/killed/whatever is a fictional character, it's safe to assume that this trope is in effect. Baby shows (or even shows merely perceived to be baby shows by some users) are the most frequent target. Even moreso when someone kills, grounds, or otherwise maims one of these characters and is un-grounded or otherwise rewarded for doing so.
  • Teens Are Monsters: Similar to the Kids Are Cruel trope, this is more noticeable in the "X misbehaves at Y" videos as the thing that prompts them to go to "Y" is being laughed at by their peers.note 
  • 10-Minute Retirement: NotSmirks was one of many who had opted to quit after the removal of the old options. However, discovering GoAnimate for Schools prompted him to return to the field once more.
  • They Killed Kenny Again: In OfficerPoop247's more recent videos, a lot of the punishments Caillou's parents give him often result in him being killed, only for him to come back the next Grounded video where he's the protagonist.
    • This applies to anyone, really. Anyone who gets killed tends to return the next time a video requires them to. This includes other grounding victims, Caillou's other family members (Rosie in particular), or school faculty members.
  • Throw the Dog a Bone: There are a number of videos where the one grounded could end up being ungrounded and/or rewarded for their behavior.
  • Toilet Humor: With a good number of kids using the site, this is bound to happen. Case in point.
  • Took a Level in Jerkass: No matter how nice an existing character may be in their home series, their GoAnimate counterparts will invariably be a terrible person. Even characters who are normally best friends (such as Caillou and his friends, Arthur and Buster, etc.) will express distaste for each other or get each other grounded without a second thought.
  • Took a Level in Kindness: D.W. Read. As a consequence of Arthur being the most targeted character from his eponymous show, she is commonly portrayed as an innocent victim of Arthur's schemes (like Rosie) with her trademark brattiness rarely coming into play, if at all. Of course, that's not to say that she never gets in trouble and grounded...)
  • Trademark Favourite Restaurant: Caillou will move heaven and earth to spend a day at Chuck E. Cheese's.
  • Ungrateful Bastard: Sometimes characters will actually help other characters, and even right their wrong-doings. Often their parents will still ground them anyway for some contrived reason, just to be jerks, or just to keep up the status quo.
  • Unsatisfiable Customer: Most of the troublemakers in "(Character) Misbehaves At (Restaurant)" videos. The gist of these videos is that the character goes to a restaurant such as McDonald's, but something they order is unavailable. The troublemaker usually loses their temper and either trashes or completely destroys the establishment because they won't take no for an answer when denied the food they were trying to order or refuses any other food options. Oftentimes the missing food isn't even the main thing they were trying to order (such as a certain kind of milkshake), making them downright unreasonable on top of unsatisfiable.
    • This also extends to "(Character) Misbehaves at (Store)" videos. A character will want a certain type of item, but the parents will not let them, usually because it's too expensive. When offered a cheaper replacement, the character will usually demand the initial item before ultimately flipping out and wrecking the store.
  • Unusual Euphemism: "Getting in dead meat", which appears to be a term for getting a bad behavior card and expelled from school, when put in the context of "X Gets In Dead Meat" videos.
  • Villain Protagonist: The characters that get grounded in the Grounded videos (even though they sometimes may not seem like villains)
  • Web Animation: Several have been produced or are being produced with GoAnimate.
  • With Friends Like These...: Caillou's relationship with his friends and Rosie, most notably. If Rosie and/or Caillou's friends aren't against him from the start, they'll get along well with him. But once Caillou steps out of line, well, you probably know the deal by now.
  • Wrongful Accusation Insurance: In Grounded videos where a person is sent to jail, they will always break out of jail to get the person in trouble. They are never sent back.
  • You Are Grounded: Commonly happens in the "Gets Grounded" videos. "Grounded" videos are very popular.
  • You Are Too Late: In "(Character) Misbehaves At (Store)" videos, a character will go on a destructive rampage when they are unable to get an item they want and are offered an inferior replacement. When they're dragged away and punished, they try to get the offered item instead, but are told that it's too late now.
  • You Don't Look Like You: Trying to create some characters will make them look...really weird.

"OHOHOHOHOHOHOHOHOHOHOHOHOHOHOHOHOHOH! TROPERS! How dare you describe and list tropes appearing in GoAnimate videos! You are not allowed to do that! That's it! You are grounded grounded grounded grounded grounded grounded grounded grounded grounded grounded grounded grounded for 218947298357396529452324535458 years!! Go to your rooms now!!"
"Waa-AHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH-augh."